Top 10 Festivals of 2022 in California

Top 10 Festivals of 2022 in California

Music festivals are the best part of summer. We look forward to them all year, anxiously awaiting lineup announcements and ticket sales to see our favorite artists. Festival grounds are places where lifelong memories are made, new connections are formed, and love blooms. Late nights of endless laughter and discovering new pieces of yourself as you wander the grounds exploring new sights and sounds. 

What could be better than a hot summer night surrounded by new and old friends who share a similar love of music? Well, other than VIP passes and an unlimited supply of cannabis! Our top ten list kicks off with the summer lineup, but we have plenty of options to carry you through 2022. 

Festival Season in California

The Golden State never disappoints with its festival lineup. The weather is sublime, and artists from all genres love to tour through California. Here are the top 10 festivals you won’t wanna miss in 2022. 

High Sierra

High Sierra

High Sierra is celebrating 30 years this summer and they will no doubt throw another incredibly fantastic event. Located in Quincy, High Sierra allows re-entry so you can pop out and hit the river for a midday swim before the nighttime sets. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Greensky Bluegrass, the Disco Biscuits, Railroad Earth, and so many more will be there this year.

  • Dates: June 30-July 3
  • Music Genre: Bluegrass, roots rock, electronica, reggae, jazz
  • Camping: Yes
  • Weed Allowed: *Yes

High Sierra is a family-friendly festival and there is a designated spot for families that prefer a quieter area. There are plenty of ticket options, including single-day, two-day, three-day, and four-day passes.

*The High Sierra website says that weed is only legal with a prescription, which leads us to believe that perhaps their site hasn’t been updated recently. It’s best to proceed with caution and if you bring your weed don’t be too flashy about it. 

Project Z Fest

Project Z Fest

Project Z Fest takes place at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino. This bass-centric event is sure to be the most tooth-rattling, face-melting event of the summer. While the event is one day only, there are five stages to keep you hopping for all of your favorite artists. Check out artists like Adrenalize, Boogie T, and Champagne Drip.

  • Dates: July 2
  • Music Genre: Bass
  • Camping: No
  • Weed Allowed: No 

Ticket prices start at $75 for general admission, and $135 for VIP. The VIP packages include private viewing areas, private bathrooms, exclusive bars, expedited entry, and a VIP lanyard. Project Z has a zero tolerance policy for drug use and guests will be patted down upon entry. 

Loving Life Festival

Loving Life Festival

The Loving Life Festival is an EDM experience meant to radiate positive vibes and increase love through song and dance. Taking place at Los Angeles Center Studios in LA, this two-event features artists like Klingande, Cut Snake, SoDown, Return of the Jaded, and Clement Leroux.

  • Dates: July 2-3
  • Music Genre: Deep bass, house, techno, trance
  • Camping: No
  • Weed Allowed: *Unclear

Tickets are selling out fast, but there are still GA tiers available starting at $53.50, in addition to premier VIP cabanas.

*The Loving Life website does not explicitly state if weed is or isn’t allowed, so be prepared for a potential pat down or bag check upon entry. 

Audiotistic Bay Area 

Audiotistic

Audiotistic is a two-day festival at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. Weekend passes start at $139.99 and in case you can only make it for one day you can grab a pass for $89.99 for a full day of access. There are two stages and you’ll see incredible artists like Chris Lake, Schoolboy Q, Svdden Death, and Senza. 

  • Dates: July 9-10
  • Music Genre: Hip hop, electronic, dubstep
  • Camping: No
  • Weed Allowed: No

Audiotistic is strict about their drug policy and everyone will be asked to open bags, pockets, purses, and possibly remove their shoes for entry. There will be plenty of vendors with delicious food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages. 

Audiotistic is a cashless event so come with a debit or credit card. In case you only have cash on hand, head to the exchange booth for a prepaid debit card.

Kind Bud Campout

Kind Bud Campout

The Kind Bud Campout is a Northern California festival taking place at the Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville. It’s a very weed-themed event but don’t worry, there will be plenty of live music, educational events, and even open mic opportunities. 

Not only is cannabis use encouraged, but Kind Bud is a hash-tasting event. There will be a dab bar and a robust marketplace featuring cannabis and hemp goods.

  • Dates: July 9
  • Music Genre: Reggae 
  • Camping: Yes
  • Weed Allowed: Yes

If you want to be a hash tester, sign up soon because slots fill up quickly. Tickets are $75 and include parking and camping.

Northern Nights

Northern Nights

Northern Nights music festival is located smack dab in the middle of California cannabis country on the Mendocino and Humboldt county lines. The three-day event takes place at Cook’s Valley Campground in Piercy and features electronic artists like Clozee, Claude VonStroke, and Troyboi. 

This is a super cannabis-friendly festival, with multiple smoke lounges to chill out and get high. There will be dispensaries on site so you can stock up on weed, dabs, and edibles at the event. 

  • Dates: July 15-17
  • Music Genre: Electronic
  • Camping: Yes
  • Weed Allowed: Yes

The camping options are supreme at Northern Nights, with free riverfront camping on the Eel River and free Meadow camping. There’s also vehicle camping and RV camping, and for an upscale experience – glamping. These tricked-out tents feature foam mattresses and cozy pillows and a clothing rack for all of your festival costumes.

General admission tickets start at $329, and camping prices vary. These tickets will sell out so get yours today!

HARD Summer 

Hard Summer

The Hard Summer music festival is a three-day event with headliners Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Uzi Vert, and Porter Robinson. The venue is the Nos Events Center in San Bernardino. Tickets start at $239.

  • Dates: July 29-31
  • Music Genre: Hip hop, electronic
  • Camping: No
  • Weed Allowed: No

Hard Summer partners with plenty of local hotels to help provide affordable accommodations for all attendees. No matter if you’re traveling, or are a local who prefers to stay close to the venue, there are options for you.

Outside Lands

Outside Lands

Located in Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands sees about 75,000 music fans over the three-day music festival. They are well known for their impressive headliners and big-name acts. This year, Outside Lands festival-goers will see Green Day, Post Malone, SZA, Weezer, and Phoebe Bridgers. The Soma Tent features non-stop house music all day, and all night.

  • Dates: August 5-7
  • Music Genre: Indie rock, pop, rock, rap, and more
  • Camping: No
  • Weed Allowed: *Yes 

Three-day passes start at $409, and VIP passes are $929. The entire festival grounds is a magical land of art, education, shopping, and dining. Outside Lands is the summer festival that will have you totally immersed in the experience.

*Don’t bring your own in, but buy onsite from one of the dispensary partner vendors.

Nocturnal Wonderland

Nocturnal Wonderland

Nocturnal Wonderland is an immersive music, art, and camping festival at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino. This fantastical landscape is designed to entertain and enchant in every corner of the park, including LED-infused lightforms, glow-in-the-dark environments, and three-dimensional super structures.

See artists like Adventure Club, Andy C, Armand Van Helden, and Bassrush Experience. Tickets begin at $149.99, but there are additional pricing tiers for those who wish to camp. If you plan to come in and out daily, there are shuttle options to get you where you need to go. 

  • Dates: September 17-18
  • Music Genre: Trance, dance, house, techno
  • Camping: Yes
  • Weed Allowed: No

Nocturnal Wonderland has a strict no-drugs policy and you will be escorted off the premises if you are found with any illicit substances. 

Dazed on the Green

Dazed on the Green

Dazed on the Green is a music festival and cannabis expo. This two-day event is at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock. The lineup is pretty versatile and attendees will see Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony, Cypress Hill, Wiz Khalifa, Guttermouth, Marlon Asher, and the Dead Kennedys.

  • Dates: September 17-18
  • Music Genre: Metal, punk, reggae, rap
  • Camping: No
  • Weed Allowed: Yes

There will be cannabis sold onsite, although this event does not allow camping or sleeping in your car. Be sure to make safe arrangements to get to and from the festival. Tickets start at $99. 

Footloose and Fancy-Free

As you prepare for festival season, don’t forget to check out our ultimate checklist of festival must-haves. As always, stay safe, have fun, and boogie down.